KALAMUNDA driver Brad Markovic has made a positive start to his 2018 Australian Rally Championship (ARC) campaign, finishing first in ARC2 and sixth outright at the Courier Eureka Rally in Ballarat.
The WA driver was in great form at the March 3-4 rally following a seven month layoff due to back surgery.
With only one short test session before the event, Markovic surprised himself by setting a top-5 time during Saturdays morning stages, and completing Leg 1 in sixth.
“It was a really solid start to the year,” Markovic said after the podium presentation.
“We had a great battle with Adrian Coppin the Peugeot AP4 car. We managed to beat him on both days, and to come out on top it was really positive result.
“Plus, we won the ARC2 category which is one of my goals for this year.
“I was a bit rusty early on. But it didn’t take long to get back into the swing of things.
“We’re still got some things to work on. But to be matching the pace of some of the leading crews was really pleasing.
“My back held up really well. I had a little bit of pain today, but overall it’s feeling really good.”
Marcovic’s next event is round two of the Australian Rally Championship, the Forest Rally.
“Being my local round, I always look forward to the Forest,” he said.
“I know the roads around Nannup; we’ve got a lot of experience there with it being a regular event in the WA rally championship.
“It will be great to be back in front of my home crowd.”
The Forest Rally is the second round of the ARC, based around Busselton and Nannup and starts on April 27.
Markovic is supported by Auto One, Castrol, Supercharge Batteries, R-Group International, Westfil, P1 Raceware, Modena Engineering, Maximum Motorsport, Subaru Motorsport Parts, Xtreme Clutch, and Mean Mother.